The HTC One M9 is another excellent entry from HTC. Released with Android 5.1, it will also support Marshmallow 6.0. This is one of the few phones I have seen with the Corning Gorilla Glass-4 which means scratch-resistant glass and potentially no need for a screen protector.
With a now common 5.0 inch diagonal screen this phone measures 5.69 x 2.74 x 0.38 inches (144.6 x 69.7 x 9.61 mm). These are important measurements to keep in mind when selecting your mount. I’m not aware of any custom mounts for the HTC One M9 so we are going to discuss universal mounts. The HTC One M9 is fairly large so you can’t just buy any universal mount. You need to purchase a mount with a large expandable cradle. For those that have purchased a universal mount to hold your older phone, hopefully it opens wide enough to hold your new device without a problem. Most universal mounts offer options to upgrade your cradle to a larger one. Be very aware of the size of the cradle, this large phone won’t fit into just any mount. Be sure to measure your phone before cradle shopping and remember, if you have a case or skin, the dimensions are even larger.
Buy a good case for this phone. It will cost you more to fix a cracked screen than the cost of a case. There are a lot of good ones out there including the Spigen Neo Hybrid Series Case for HTC One M9. If you think insurance will cover you, think again. Insurance policies purchased from your carrier have a deductible and for newer more expensive phones that can be $169 on up. So to add insult to injury, you will not only be paying the monthly insurance premium, but you will then pay the deductible. You can read our article on phone insurance here. Bottom line is buy a case.
Let’s take a look at some mounts that will fit your HTC One M9.
For the car, give the location of your mount some thought. There are lots of places to mount your HTC One M9. The windshield is the most popular location to mount a smartphone especially if you plan to use it as a GPS with my favorite application which is Waze. We continue to recommend Arkon’s Slim Grip Ultra Travel Mount. This mount features an expandable cradle which expands to over 7 inches using a spring loaded top and bottom. The support arms move so that you can expose any ports or buttons. This will fit your phone with or without a thick case. The mount comes with an adhesive dash plate so that you can attach to the mount to your dash as well as your windshield.
The Mpow CD Slot Mount for SmartPhones uses a knob on the bottom to secure the mount within the CD player. That’s the one in the photo that accompanies this article. I prefer this mount to others in this category as it will permit a more custom and secure fitting. You don’t want the mount to rattle around inside the player. The cradle opens to 3.4 inches which is wide enough for the HTC One M9.
Another interesting location for your phone is the car air vent. The Arkon Magnetic Vent Mount is an excellent and well made choice. The mount secures onto horizontal or vertical car air vents with added support leg for extra stability. The added support leg is unique to the Arkon mount. It enables additional stability over other vent mounts. The vent keeps your phone right around eye level and out of the way of potential thieves. Check your vent to make sure it’s well made enough to hang a lightweight device. A recent innovation is mounts is the use of a small magnet coupled with a very think adhesive metal disk which sticks to the back of your phone. The great thing about magnetic mounts is the simple process for install and removal. It’s a simple matter of simply matching up where the metal strip is to the magnet.
For motorcycle use, it’s important that you select a mount that has a well constructed cradle that is going to hold your HTC One M9 tightly so that it stays secure in high vibration environments. We like the RAM X-Grip line a lot. These are heavy duty mounts that are mostly constructed of metal. The mount has gone through some rigorous shake tests and holds up well on a motorcycle. We wrote about X-Grips extensively on this site and you can view that article here. Most motorcycles can use the RAM X-Grip IV Handlebar Mount. These mounts feature the expandable X-Grip IV cradle which can open to 4.5 inches which is large enough for most cases. We always recommend tethering your device for added security.